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Opinion: Ireland is tarnished by its use of prisons to house the unwanted and mentally ill
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# Judicial System

Opinion: Ireland is tarnished by its use of prisons to house the unwanted and mentally ill

Dec 27th 2021, 7:30 AM 18,627 Views 20 Comments

Professor Kathleen Lynch says our prison system has too long been used to incarcerate those who have additional needs.

Money Diaries: A 34-year-old project manager on €75K living and working in Dublin
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# HISMM

Money Diaries: A 34-year-old project manager on €75K living and working in Dublin

Dec 26th 2021, 8:00 PM 88,264 Views 51 Comments

This week, our reader makes time for socialising and Christmas shopping during a busy week at work.

Christmas Fare: Rachel Allen has two delicious soup recipes for you to try at home
# Love The Leftovers
# Love The Leftovers

Christmas Fare: Rachel Allen has two delicious soup recipes for you to try at home

Dec 26th 2021, 7:30 AM 39,228 Views 9 Comments

The renowned chef shares two tasty ways for you to use up some Christmas leftovers this week.

Larry Donnelly: We all have movies that we watch over and over again - so here are my top 10
# Hurray For Hollywood
# Hurray For Hollywood

Larry Donnelly: We all have movies that we watch over and over again - so here are my top 10

Dec 25th 2021, 5:00 PM 46,537 Views 22 Comments

A self-confessed ‘ignoramus’ about pop culture, even Larry Donnelly has his own festive film favourites.

Opinion: Wild camping in Ireland is a great, cheap way to push yourself to your limits
# The Scary Outdoors
# The Scary Outdoors

Opinion: Wild camping in Ireland is a great, cheap way to push yourself to your limits

Dec 25th 2021, 7:30 AM 28,723 Views 24 Comments

Rory McNab details how he and his girlfriend attempted to wild camp in winter, in Ireland – it was a challenge.

Extract: 'The Point', 'What? You mean the 3Arena?' I felt like Rip van Winkle
# Reading
# Reading

Extract: 'The Point', 'What? You mean the 3Arena?' I felt like Rip van Winkle

Dec 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 19,655 Views 17 Comments

Dubliner Emily Bell writes about returning to live in the city after 20 years and finding that all the names have changed – and yet stayed the same.

Opinion: Three charity workers share how Covid changed fundraising without dampening spirits
# Three Charities
# Three Charities

Opinion: Three charity workers share how Covid changed fundraising without dampening spirits

Dec 24th 2021, 7:30 AM 8,100 Views 2 Comments

The pandemic has affected the sector, but these three people from different charities say they’re still feeling bright about the spirit of giving.

Opinion: Christmas looks a little different in Somalia where tens of thousands search for food
# Food Security
# Food Security

Opinion: Christmas looks a little different in Somalia where tens of thousands search for food

Dec 23rd 2021, 8:30 PM 13,102 Views 12 Comments

Trócaire’s Paul Healy tells of a different Christmas in Somalia this year, among those struggling to stay alive.

Christmas Fare: Master pastry chef Shane Smith shares some delicious chocolate-themed recipes
# Seasonal Cooking
# Seasonal Cooking

Christmas Fare: Master pastry chef Shane Smith shares some delicious chocolate-themed recipes

Dec 23rd 2021, 7:00 AM 16,347 Views 0 Comments

If it’s chocolate desserts you’re looking for to wow at Christmas, try these at home.

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 19,803 Views 6 Comments

Two chartered psychologists offer some helpful advice to help you avoid letting Christmas get you down this year.

Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
# Next Of Kin
# Next Of Kin

Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 8,585 Views 4 Comments

Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.

Cannabis should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels
# Opinion
# Opinion

Cannabis should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels

Dec 21st 2021, 8:00 PM 32,128 Views 102 Comments

Dr Garrett McGovern says that regulating the drug would allow it to be researched with more accuracy and protect young people from its harms.

Opinion: It's important to prioritise your mental health this Christmas
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: It's important to prioritise your mental health this Christmas

Updated Dec 21st 2021, 11:00 AM 19,119 Views 20 Comments

Krystian Fikert says it’s important to take our time this Christmas and be kind to ourselves.

Opinion: Secure your home this Christmas - expert advice on home and personal safety
# Home Security
# Home Security

Opinion: Secure your home this Christmas - expert advice on home and personal safety

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 11:00 AM 15,015 Views 2 Comments

Jonathan Pim of Manguard Plus security offers some practical advice to avoid thieves and opportunists this Christmas.

Money Diaries: A healthcare manager on €47K living in the west of the country
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# HISMM

Money Diaries: A healthcare manager on €47K living in the west of the country

Dec 19th 2021, 8:00 PM 52,396 Views 30 Comments

This week, our reader is busy at work and staying on top of finances, while catching up with family and friends.

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver
# Waver On Vaccine Patents
# Waver On Vaccine Patents

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver

Dec 19th 2021, 7:30 AM 17,886 Views 8 Comments

Two legal experts say there is no legal or moral reason why the waver on vaccine patents cannot be encouraged.

Opinion: 'You might think Ireland's fast going to hell in a handbasket. But that’s not true'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'You might think Ireland's fast going to hell in a handbasket. But that’s not true'

Dec 18th 2021, 7:00 PM 33,738 Views 52 Comments

It’s been a tough week – but Ireland does have a lot of positive things going for it, writes author Mark Henry.

Professor Christine Loscher: Why boosters are so important in the fight against Omicron
# New Variant
# New Variant

Professor Christine Loscher: Why boosters are so important in the fight against Omicron

Updated Dec 18th 2021, 9:34 AM 34,858 Views 54 Comments

Why do we care so much about boosters right now? Let’s look at how we got here.

Opinion: Feeling anxious this Christmas? There are steps you can take to cope
# Wellness At Christmas
# Wellness At Christmas

Opinion: Feeling anxious this Christmas? There are steps you can take to cope

Dec 18th 2021, 7:00 AM 18,980 Views 14 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett says Christmas can cause anxiety – she has a few helpful tips for coping.

GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause
# Booster Rollout
# Booster Rollout

GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause

Updated Dec 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 36,432 Views 35 Comments

Our GP details how the booster programme is set to work via GP practices and advises readers to step up and get the shots.

Patrick Kielty: The past left trauma on all sides, but the future of this whole island looks bright
# A Shared Island
# A Shared Island

Patrick Kielty: The past left trauma on all sides, but the future of this whole island looks bright

Updated Dec 15th 2021, 9:10 AM 28,675 Views 39 Comments

The comedian and broadcaster shares the text of his stirring speech made at the Shared Island Forum earlier this week.

Larry Donnelly: The gun culture in the land of my birth is truly abhorrent
# For The Love Of Guns
# For The Love Of Guns

Larry Donnelly: The gun culture in the land of my birth is truly abhorrent

Dec 14th 2021, 7:00 PM 23,717 Views 27 Comments

As the US deals with the aftermath of yet another school shooting, our columnist is filled with deep shame about the pervasive gun culture in his country.

Money Diary: A manufacturing technician on €55K living in Dublin
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# HISMM

Money Diary: A manufacturing technician on €55K living in Dublin

Dec 12th 2021, 8:00 PM 56,401 Views 46 Comments

This week, our reader is saving hard for travel but also enjoying some socialising, while getting through night shifts.

Opinion: Listen to our mothers - fresh air and ventilation can prevent virus spread in hospitals
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Listen to our mothers - fresh air and ventilation can prevent virus spread in hospitals

Dec 12th 2021, 7:15 AM 21,277 Views 10 Comments

Prof Hilary Humphreys says too many of our hospitals in Ireland are cluttered and cramped which does not help containment of viruses.

Opinion: We owe teachers our thanks for the last two years whether we give them gifts or not
# Parenting
# Parenting

Opinion: We owe teachers our thanks for the last two years whether we give them gifts or not

Dec 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 55,648 Views 105 Comments

Whether parents buy something – or not – for their children’s teachers, Margaret Lynch says it’s important to thank them.

Opinion: Castigating farmers won’t reduce agricultural carbon emissions
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

Opinion: Castigating farmers won’t reduce agricultural carbon emissions

Updated Dec 10th 2021, 10:33 AM 12,905 Views 29 Comments

Dr Stephen Onakuse says consumers and processors must also shoulder the blame for their impact on climate.

Opinion: Young people have sacrificed more than any other group, it's time this was recognised
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Young people have sacrificed more than any other group, it's time this was recognised

Updated Dec 9th 2021, 10:15 AM 31,588 Views 102 Comments

Adam Hallissey argues that young people have paid the heaviest price in the pandemic.

Fear and loathing (and unbridled enthusiasm) in London: How the Treaty negotiators were greeted
# Donal Fallon
# Donal Fallon

Fear and loathing (and unbridled enthusiasm) in London: How the Treaty negotiators were greeted

Dec 6th 2021, 2:15 AM 35,792 Views 17 Comments

There was huge interest in the representatives of republican Ireland in some sections of London society, Donal Fallon writes.

Money Diaries: An insurance consultant on €35K living in Munster
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# HISMM

Money Diaries: An insurance consultant on €35K living in Munster

Dec 5th 2021, 8:00 PM 45,359 Views 11 Comments

This week, our reader is busy renovating her home, which she purchased with her partner in August.

Opinion: 'It's like a war has ended and you don’t know who you are anymore'
# Sex Trafficking
# Sex Trafficking

Opinion: 'It's like a war has ended and you don’t know who you are anymore'

Dec 4th 2021, 7:00 PM 20,926 Views 0 Comments

Mia de Faoite documents the horror and abuse that come with prostitution and trafficking and says society must not forget these women.

I wrote on a piece of paper: 'Another lonely Christmas!’ and stuck it on the wall of my room
# Life In Direct Provision
# Life In Direct Provision

I wrote on a piece of paper: 'Another lonely Christmas!’ and stuck it on the wall of my room

Dec 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 33,679 Views 7 Comments

Activist and artist Vukašin Nedeljković writes about their three years in Direct Provision, and showing people the ‘everyday realities’ of asylum seekers.

Opinion: We know how little Ireland counts in Westminster - but UK relations still matter
# The Good Info Project
# The Good Info Project

Opinion: We know how little Ireland counts in Westminster - but UK relations still matter

Dec 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 17,256 Views 2 Comments

The Fianna Fáil MEP for Dublin argues that despite current Conservative Party ideologies being bad for Ireland, relations must be maintained.

Holly Cairns: Successive governments have neglected Ireland's disabled people - we must do better
# Opinion
# Opinion

Holly Cairns: Successive governments have neglected Ireland's disabled people - we must do better

Dec 3rd 2021, 7:00 AM 11,974 Views 14 Comments

The Social Democrats TD says Ireland’s record on caring for disabled people is entirely lacking.

Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist
# Masks In School
# Masks In School

Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist

Dec 2nd 2021, 7:00 AM 19,694 Views 28 Comments

Mask users lose visual information, but there are lots of things you can do to help them, writes speech and language therapist Kate Beckett.

“Let’s not waste an opportunity”: Nature-based solutions to our wastewater woes
# Empty The Tank
# Empty The Tank

“Let’s not waste an opportunity”: Nature-based solutions to our wastewater woes

Dec 1st 2021, 7:30 PM 8,409 Views 7 Comments

Alejandro Monleon explains how the use of artificial wetland ponds would help limit the strains on our wastewater system.

School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'
# Opinion
# Opinion

School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'

Updated Dec 1st 2021, 4:45 PM 25,522 Views 41 Comments

One school principal writes about their take on the latest advice that children from third class must wear face masks.

Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation

Updated Nov 30th 2021, 10:00 AM 39,122 Views 75 Comments

The People Before Profit TD says ventilation has been all but ignored by the government in the battle against Covid.

Opinion: Education must be at the heart of all efforts to create a culture of consent
# Sexual Health
# Sexual Health

Opinion: Education must be at the heart of all efforts to create a culture of consent

Nov 29th 2021, 9:07 PM 10,315 Views 11 Comments

Dr Siobhán O’Higgins & Dr Caroline West of the Active* Consent programme in NUI Galway look at what needs to be done to improve our understanding of consent.

Money Diaries: A 29-year-old quality control analyst on €54K living in Dublin
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: A 29-year-old quality control analyst on €54K living in Dublin

Nov 28th 2021, 8:00 PM 62,284 Views 20 Comments

This week, our reader is determined to get back to travelling a little more and enjoys subsidised meals at work.

Larry Donnelly: 'Who the f*** reads newspapers?' Society would be better off if young people did
# Column
# Column

Larry Donnelly: 'Who the f*** reads newspapers?' Society would be better off if young people did

Nov 27th 2021, 7:00 PM 40,687 Views 60 Comments

Worrying stats show how little interest young people have in the news, writes Larry Donnelly – but this is bad for all of us.